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Taku Sugimoto / Stefan Thut

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Guitarist, composer and improviser Taku Sugimoto frequently performs overseas as well as in Japan. He's also a member of the Suidobashi Chamber Ensemble, which consists of five Japanese musicians. Stefan Thut is a Swiss cellist and composer. Both Sugimoto and Thut are known as unique performers and composers, and both have close ties with the contemporary classical Wandelweiser group. The two have a long association, performing together when Sugimoto visits Switzerland and when Thut comes to Japan.

Sugimoto and Thut performed in Geneva and Basel during Sugimoto's 2015 European tour. (They'd previous collaborated in larger formations, but this was their first duo performance.) The concert in Basel on March 21 is documented on this CD. The duo of Thut (cello) and Sugimoto (guitar) performed Thut's 2015 composition "Ten Strings, 1-24" (which includes the sound of rolling dice) and Sugimoto's 2014 composition "Mada." The two pieces (each about 25 minutes long) are presented here as a single 49-minute track instead of separate tracks. (Thut's piece is heard before Sugimoto's.) Each work displays the special character of these two highly individual composers, whose performances on this collaboration album are endlessly fascinating.

杉本拓は、ギター奏者、作曲家、即興演奏家。国内での活動はもとより、海外での公演も多い。5人の日本人演奏家からなる Suidobashi Chamber Ensemble のメンバーでもある。Stefan Thut はスイスのチェロ奏者、作曲家。杉本と Thut は共に、演奏者としても作曲家としてもユニークな存在として知られる (ふたりとも現代音楽のヴァンデルヴァイザー派との関係が深い)。ふたりの付き合いは長く、杉本がスイスを訪れたり Thut が来日した時に、共演を続けてきた。

杉本は、2015年3月にヨーロッパ・ツアーをおこなった際、スイスのジュネーヴとバーゼルで、Thut とデュオで演奏した (ふたりだけで演奏したのは、これが初めてだった)。このうち3月21日、バーゼルでの演奏を本アルバムに収録。 Thut (チェロ) と杉本 (ギター) が、Thut の2015年作曲作品『Ten Strings, 1-24』(サイコロを振る音も含む) と、杉本の2014年作曲作品『Mada』をデュオで演奏。 演奏時間が25分前後の2曲だが、2トラックに分けることなく、Thut の曲、杉本の曲の順に両方の演奏を1トラック (49分) にまるごと収録している。 個性豊かな作曲活動を続けるふたりの本領が発揮されたそれぞれの作品を、ふたりで演奏してみせた興味尽きないコラボ・アルバム。


released May 27, 2018

Taku Sugimoto: guitar
Stefan Thut: cello

Recorded at oslo10, Basel, March 21, 2015
Edited and mixed by Stefan Thut
Artwork by Taku Sugimoto
Design by Cathy Fishman


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